freshwater recreational fishing license requirement will be waived in Florida. Free fishing days are a great opportunity for parents and grandparents to take their children or grandchildren out to fish. Its also a great time for avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational fishermen.
Florida has 3 million acres of freshwater
lakes and 12,000 miles of streams and rivers. From those waters over 250
different species of freshwater fish have been collected. This includes
several rather rare native fishes and 73 species of nonnative fish. The
fish species that most people tend to think about are the larger fish
that are used for recreation or food.
The Florida black bass or Black Bass is a species of freshwater
fish that displays an elongated body and is part of the sunfish family.
Of all the black bass, the largemouth bass is the most widely known and
prized catch. Although it is a prized trophy fish, its consumption should be limited
due to small amounts of mercury within the fish. Some experts suggest
only six ounces per month so levels of mercury in the body do not reach
dangerous levels. The diet of bass changes with its size. Young fish
feed on microscopic animals (zooplankton) and small crustaceans such as
grass shrimp and crayfish. Fingerling bass feed on insects, crayfish,
and small fishes. Adult bass will eat whatever is available, including
fish, crayfish, crabs,
salamanders, snakes, mice, turtles and even birds.